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Strength Chat #61: Eric Helms

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The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat – hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.

Today’s guest is Eric Helms, well-known coach, athlete, author, and educator. Tune in as our hosts take a dive deep into auto-regulation in what is probably our most technical discussion on the topic. This one is a great one for you strength science nerds!

Eric has published multiple peer reviewed articles in exercise science and nutrition journals and writes for several fitness publications He’s taught undergraduate and graduate level nutrition and exercise science courses and is invited to speak internationally at academic and commercial conferences for fitness, nutrition and strength and conditioning. He has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, a PhD in strength and conditioning, and is a research fellow for AUT at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand.

  • Introduction and background of guest [00:22]
  • Eric shares how he ended up doing a PhD in autoregulation [08:31]
  • What are the most common pitfalls in using autoregulation? [10:16]
  • How is autoregulation useful in training athletes? [11:38]
  • Which type of athlete benefits immensely from autoregulation? And, who does not? [13:43]
  • Which are the different training templates and auto regulation tools that Eric utilizes? [17:05]
  • Removing the misconception that autoregulation is a pullback tool [19:20]
  • Is criticism of autoregulation justified? [20:45]
  • Can you become a great lifter with little technique but lot of passion and hard work? [21:37]
  • Does Eric use autoregulation principles on pure bodybuilders? [22:51]
  • Discussing the benefits of auto regulating exercise selection [25:13]
  • Is introduction of auto regulation exercise selection really advisable? Will exercise selection lead to athletes not choosing to do certain exercises at all? [26:30]
  • Do you use different tools while regulating exercise volume? [31:47]
  • Eric shares his study to determine RPE cut off point [33:20]
  • How does velocity decay affect your exercise volume? [34:40]
  • How does Eric use range for velocity? [37:47]
  • What is the ideal staging style for autoregulation? [39:36]
  • Is it advisable to work backwards while working out a training regimen? [43:38]
  • Does Eric structure an athletes training regimen by considering a competitor’s regimen? [45:53]
  • Are there some athletes who do not respond well to auto regulation? [49:37]
  • Is it important to understand an athlete’s psychology while designing a training regimen? [52:25]
  • What is the best way to gauge improvements in an athlete’s strength? [55:33]
  • Get in touch with Eric by checking out 3Dmusclejourney, Mass or his Instagram account [58:50]

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